When we visited the UNESCO World Heritage Höga Kusten in autumn of last year we found a true paradise for hikers there. However, we were forced to interrupt our trip earlier than planned. As a result of this, we missed the nature reserve Skuleskogen located in between the cities Docksta and Bjästa far up north at the Swedish east coast. More than half a year later and as soon as the summer weather became stable, we packed our backpacks again and once more took the bus in the direction of Umeå. Eventually, we wanted to see Skuleskogen.
A Steep Start
We started our five day hiking trip in the city of Docksta. From there the in total 130 km long hiking trail Höga Kusten Leden brought us to the southern entry of the nature reserve Skuleskogen, where we first set up our tent. On the way there we passed by the mountain Skuleberget. Despite the fact, that any Austrian or Swiss would laugh about a 350 m high hill being called a mountain, it was a very steep ascent from almost sea level to the top within just 600 m of walking.
In general, Höga Kusten is the place of the panorama and on the top of Skuleberget we had our first 360° panoramic view. Wide forest in one direction, steep cliffs and a view at the islands of the archipelago in the other direction – it was worth the torture of climbing up there with a 25 kg backpack.
Inside The Nature Reserve
After sleeping one night in a tent at a beautiful bay with a sand beach, we continued and entered the national reserve. The paths were getting narrower and sometimes followed the coastline or led further in and above a hill. On the way we did not only have a nice view, but we also saw traces of beaver, later even a beaver dam. In general, Höga Kusten and especially Skuleskogen is home to elk, lynxes and bears – but these animals are usually too careful to be observed while hiking.
When we reached our cabin on the beautiful islands Tärnetholmarna, we decided to stay there for two nights. There are in total six cabins in the national reserve offering beds to sleep, an oven with firewood and a table. They are maintained by the municipality and in excellent condition.
The next day we climbed up Slåttdalsberget through the impressive Slåttdalsskrevan, a 30 m deep and 7 m wide crevice. On the top of the mountain there was, once more, a panoramic view, that is so typical for Höga Kusten.
We spent the last night in Köpmanholmen, in a cabin, that even offered a shower. As I already wrote in the last article, Sweden and especially my favorite place Höga Kusten, is a paradise for hikers. A great nature accompanied by well-kept hiking trails and great overnight cabins make your hiking trip a five-star holiday.